Patents Examined by Katherine Fernandez
  • Patent number: 10299685
    Abstract: Photoacoustic probes include reflective surfaces situated to redirect scattered or reflected optical radiation from a specimen surface back to the specimen. A reflective coating can reflect probe radiation while transmitting visible radiation so that a technician can view the specimen. One or more optical fibers and acoustic transducers can be secured to a lens or other substrate on which the reflective surface is defined. The light collector is configured to block scattered light so that an operator and a subject are not exposed to the scattered light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: University of Pittsburgh—Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventors: Kang Kim, Zhaohui Wang, Seung Han Ha
  • Patent number: 10299758
    Abstract: An ultrasound diagnostic device includes: a probe including plural elements that generate and transmit ultrasound waves and receive ultrasound waves reflected from an inspection target; a transmission unit that transmits ultrasound waves from the plural elements so as to transmit an ultrasound beam by forming a transmission focus in a first direction set in advance; and a second reception focusing unit that performs reception focusing for each reception signal received by each element of the probe according to reflection on a path in a second direction other than the first direction, among transmission wave paths of the ultrasound beam transmitted into the inspection target by the transmission unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventor: Kimito Katsuyama
  • Patent number: 10278661
    Abstract: A dynamic diagnosis support information generation system includes: a radiation generator capable of irradiating a pulsed radiation; a radiation detector which is provided with a plurality of detecting elements arranged in two-dimension, detects the pulsed radiation irradiated from the radiation generator at each of the plurality of detecting elements and generates frame images successively; and an analysis section which calculates and outputs a feature value relating to a dynamic image of a subject based on a plurality of frame images generated by radiographing the subject by using the radiation generator and the radiation detector, wherein the analysis section calculates the feature value relating to the dynamic image of the subject by corresponding pixels to each others representing outputs of a detecting element at a same position in the radiation detector among the plurality of the frame images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Shintaro Muraoka, Tetsuo Shimada, Sho Noji
  • Patent number: 10278672
    Abstract: A method of characterizing the pathological response of tissue to a treatment plan, including: obtaining a set of sequential morphology renderings of the tissue, wherein each rendering corresponds to a particular point in time during the treatment plan; generating a set of representative values of a biomechanical property of the tissue for the set of renderings, wherein each representative value is based on a corresponding rendering; determining a trend of the biomechanical property based on the set of representative values; and predicting response of the tissue to the treatment plan based on the trend of the biomechanical property.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter John Littrup, Nebojsa Duric
  • Patent number: 10265519
    Abstract: A catheter comprising: —a transmission line (104, 106, 924, 1202, 1302, 1902), wherein the transmission line comprises a plurality of radio frequency traps (118, 318, 418, 518, 618, 718, 818, 918, 1018, 1202, 1404); and —a cooling line (104, 304, 1200, 1900) for cooling the plurality of radio frequency traps with a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Inventors: Steffen Weiss, Sascha Krueger
  • Patent number: 10244989
    Abstract: System for indicating a possibility a cardiac tamponade occurring in a patient, comprising: —a right atrium pressure sensor, configured for measuring a right atrium pressure in a right atrium of the patient; —an intra pericardial pressure sensor, configured for measuring an intra pericardial pressure in a portion of an intra-pericardial space of the patient; —a processing device that is operatively connected to the pressure sensors, is provided with a predetermined statistical distribution of pressure versus tamponade probabilities, and is configured for: —determining a trans-mural pressure difference between the right atrium pressure and the intra pericardial pressure; —comparing the trans-mural pressure difference with the statistical distribution, and —indicating the possibility of cardiac tamponade occurrence, based on the trans-mural pressure difference comparison.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignees: Egbert Jan Constant Ottevanger, Wouter Matthijs Muijs Van de Moer
    Inventors: Egbert Jan Constant Ottevanger, Rienk Rienks, Wouter Matthijs Muijs Van De Moer
  • Patent number: 10238464
    Abstract: A marker device that aids in the subsequent identification of a particular area is equipped with an anchoring device that prevents migration once placed in the tissue of that particular area. The device may include a chemical agent or drug that adds a therapeutic function to the marker device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: COVIDIEN LP
    Inventors: Shai Fitelzon, Paige B. Hastings, David J. McKinley
  • Patent number: 10238368
    Abstract: A method is provided for detecting lesions in ultrasound images. The method includes acquiring ultrasound information, determining discriminative descriptors that describe the texture of a candidate lesion region, and classifying each of the discriminative descriptors as one of a top boundary pixel, a lesion interior pixel, a lower boundary pixel, or a normal tissue pixel. The method also includes determining a pattern of transitions between the classified discriminative descriptors, and classifying the candidate lesion region as a lesion or normal tissue based on the pattern of transitions between the classified discriminative descriptors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Rakesh Mullick, Pavan Kumar Veerabhadra Annangi, Xiaoxing Li, Vidya Pundalik Kamath, Fei Zhao, Vivek Prabhakar Vaidya, Soma Biswas
  • Patent number: 10238299
    Abstract: At least a tip portion of a puncture needle 15 is inserted into a subject. The puncture needle 15 includes a light guide member which guides light from a laser unit 13, and a light emission unit which is provided in the vicinity of the tip portion and emits light guided by the light guide member, and generates a photoacoustic wave caused by light from the light emission unit in the tip portion. A probe 11 detects the photoacoustic wave from the puncture needle 15 in a state where the puncture needle 15 is inserted into the subject. A Photoacoustic image generation unit 25 generates a photoacoustic image based on the detected photoacoustic wave. A Light source control unit 30 controls the amount of light emitted from the light emission unit based on the photoacoustic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventor: Dai Murakoshi
  • Patent number: 10231696
    Abstract: A method for characterizing tissue of a patient, including receiving acoustic data derived from the interaction between the tissue and the acoustic waves irradiating the tissue; generating a morphology rendering of the tissue from the acoustic data, in which the rendering represents at least one biomechanical property of the tissue; determining a prognostic parameter for a region of interest in the rendering, in which the prognostic parameter incorporates the biomechanical property; and analyzing the prognostic parameter to characterize the region of interest. In some embodiment, the method further includes introducing a contrast agent into the tissue; generating a set of enhanced morphology renderings of the tissue after introducing the contrast agent; determining an enhanced prognostic parameter from the enhanced morphology renderings; and analyzing the enhanced prognostic parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Delphinus Medical Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Nebojsa Duric, Peter John Littrup
  • Patent number: 10231702
    Abstract: The present invention provides an article or an interface having a distribution of a first partially spherical indentation and at least a second partially spherical indentation contained within the first indentation to form a multi-component or “compound” shape that is referred to as a “compound” or “nested” dimples or indentations. These compound dimples or indentions may be concentric and are etched or otherwise formed into a surface or interface of an article to enhance the ultrasonic imaging. Exemplary articles may be needles of the type used to conduct nerve blocks or the interface may be the surface of such a needle, cannula, catheter, catheter tip or similar article.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Avent, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred C. Coats, Louis Lupin
  • Patent number: 10231637
    Abstract: In a system and method for non-contact mapping of an anatomic structure, the spatial position of an electrode is determined independent of a previously generated three-dimensional model of the anatomic structure. A position of the electrode relative to a boundary surface of the model is determined, along with a corresponding point on the boundary surface of the three-dimensional model that is closest to the relative electrode position. A signed distance (d) of the relative electrode position from the corresponding closest point on the boundary surface is determined, wherein a positive signed distance indicates the relative electrode position is exterior to the model. In such an instance, the boundary surface is perturbed (e.g., expanded outward) at least in part as a function of the signed distance (d) until the relative electrode position lies interior to the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: St. Jude Medical, Atrial Fibrillation Division, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric J. Voth, Jiang Qian
  • Patent number: 10226645
    Abstract: A method and system for ultrasound treatment are provided. Acoustic energy, including ultrasound, can serve as input energy to a mask with apertures, such apertures acting as secondary acoustic sources to create a modulated output acoustic energy in a treatment region and treatment effects. Under proper control output energy can be precisely placed and controlled in tissue. In some embodiments, methods and systems are configured for ultrasound treatment based on creating an output energy distribution in tissue. In some embodiments, methods and systems are configured based on creating an output temperature distribution in tissue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Guided Therapy Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Peter G. Barthe
  • Patent number: 10219786
    Abstract: Methods for optimizing gain of an ultrasound image may include: acquiring a tissue image and a first noise image under a same imaging condition; de-noising the tissue image by the first noise image to obtain a de-noised tissue image; identifying a tissue region in the de-noised tissue image; determining whether a percentage of the tissue region in the de-noised tissue image exceeds a preset threshold condition; selecting, according to the determination result, a corresponding calculation method to calculate a first master gain and a first time gain compensation (TGC) curve for the tissue image; and applying the first TGC curve and the first master gain obtained through calculation to the tissue image acquired before.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Xia Chu, Maodong Sang
  • Patent number: 10194830
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a position of a catheter tip relative to a target tissue. The method includes steps of identifying a wall structure in the target tissue; guiding a catheter towards the wall structure; monitoring a location of the catheter; directing a navigator beam towards the wall structure; aligning the navigator beam with the location of the catheter; monitoring a position of the wall structure using the navigator beam; and determining the position of the wall structure relative to the location of the catheter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Inventors: Ashvin Kurian George, Evgueni G. Kholmovski, Nassir F. Marrouche
  • Patent number: 10194888
    Abstract: An entire volume is scanned. A sub-volume is separately scanned with different settings for beamforming parameters, allowing greater image quality for the sub-volume while providing context from the volume. The anatomy of interest is periodically detected, and the sub-volume shifted in position to cover the anatomy of interest, allowing for relatively continuous volume imaging with enhanced quality imaging of the sub-volume. Interleaving by volume and sub-volume slices may allow for optimization of relative frame rate and image quality. Different combinations between volume and sub-volume data for anatomy detection and display may provide for desired imaging while allowing the regular detection of the anatomy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen Henderson, Tommaso Mansi, Anand Tatpati, Ingmar Voigt, Bimba Rao
  • Patent number: 10188300
    Abstract: An infrared thermometer for measuring a body temperature in no contact with a human body includes: a main unit incorporating an infrared sensor; a distance sensor detecting a distance between the main unit and the human body when the main unit approaches the human body; and a controller for calculating the body temperature based on quantity of infrared from the infrared sensor when the distance sensor detects that the distance between the main unit and the human body is within a predetermined distance. The distance sensor includes: a light source; a projector lens for projecting light of the light source toward the human body; a light receiving sensor; and a light receiving lens that allows the light receiving sensor to receive return light of the light, which is obtained as a result of being reflected by the human body, when the main unit is located within the predetermined distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: BIO ECHO NET INC.
    Inventor: Hideki Tanaka
  • Patent number: 10188344
    Abstract: A system capable of designing an optimum administration form of a magnetic drug is provided. The system determines first information about an side-effect-related organ on which a magnetic drug produces a side effect, based on equipment analysis information after administering the magnetic drug; further determines second information about a drug-efficacy-related organ in which drug efficacy of the magnetic drug should be demonstrated; evaluates the administration form of the magnetic drug based on the first information and the second information; corrects the administration form of the magnetic drug based on an evaluation result; and outputs information of the corrected administration form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignees: IHI Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Ishikawa, Haruki Eguchi
  • Patent number: 10178957
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a device (1) for vital sign measurement of a person (2), comprising presentation means (10) for presenting a person (2) with a visual theme (20), illumination means (11) for illuminating an illumination area (3), in which said person (2) is located, whose vital signs shall be measured, optical measurement means (12) for optically detecting optical detection signals (23) from said illumination area (3), evaluation means (13) for evaluating said optical detection signals (23) and deriving a vital sign information (24) from them, and control means (14) for controlling said illumination means (11) to illuminate said illumination area (3) allowing the detection of optical detection signals (23), from which a vital sign information (24) can be derived despite changes of the visual theme (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Inventors: Harold Agnes Wilhelmus Schmeitz, Marek Janusz Bartula, Tim Johannes Willem Tijs, Gijs Antonius Franciscus Van Elswijk, Murray Fulton Gillies
  • Patent number: 10172521
    Abstract: A system for imaging an object is provided including a first imaging acquisition module, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acquisition module, and a first reconstruction module. The first imaging acquisition module is configured to acquire imaging information using a first non-MRI modality. The MRI acquisition module is configured to acquire MR non-imaging, foreign structure (NFIS) information. The MR NFIS information is acquired via at least one tracking coil associated with an external non-therapeutic (ENT) structure. The MR NIFS information corresponds to at least one of a position or orientation of the ENT structure. The first reconstruction module is configured to obtain the MR NIFS information and use the MR NIFS information to correct an attenuation in the imaging information acquired by the first imaging acquisition module associated with the ENT structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: David M. Goldhaber